Nottinghamshire Local History Council Collection (1960, C.A.Hind)
Miss C. A. Hind (Perf.)
RUDDINGTON: Reminiscences of Village Life [Plough Monday]
Nottinghamshire Local History Council Collection,
Written 1st Mar.1960, Ref.DD/121/1/53, 3pp.
Entry to an essay competition on old village life at Ruddington,
Notts. Pages 2-3 include the following;
"Plough Bullock night was our name for twelfth night another highlight of our
childhood. We blacked our faces with soot - (I can still feel the sting of it
as I write) dressed in a variety of clothes, scooped out a mangel or turnip, cut
out a weird face, placing a lighted candle inside, and went our way to sing to
people we knew. Two songs were the extent of our repertoire. The first being;
Plough Bullock night,
The stars are bright,
Two little angels dressed in white,
Can you eat a biscuit,
Can you smoke a pipe,
Can you go a courting at 10/oclock at night.
To be followed by
A hole in my stocking,
A hole in my shoe,
Please can you spare me a copper or two
If you haven't a penny a ha'penny will do.
If you haven't a ha'penny, God bless you.
Then a loud knock on the door, and a little hand eagerly outstretched for the
Ruddington, Notts. (SK5733)
Essay; Plough Bullock Night; Twelfth Night; House Visiting; Text Fragments; Songs
Nottinghamshire Local History Council (Col.)
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00422
Last Updated Mar 1992 by Peter Millington.